WMFE, selling to religious broadcaster, says it will return pledges to unhappy donors

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WMFE is offering members a chance for donation rebates now that it has announced its pending sale to Daystar, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting.

The station also told the paper that WMFE “had numerous conversations over the course of the last year about the various issues facing our station” with PBS, “including the burdens associated with being in an overlap market, the unsuccessful PBS fundraising platform and the inequities of the fee structure, which was predicted to increase by 37 percent over the next two years.”

A source familiar with the PBS dues structure tells Current that under the existing model and early estimates for fiscal 2012, WMFE’s fiscal dues would increase around 6.1 percent; under the proposed formula being considered, its dues would not increase.